The MADE SOUTH Guide to Nashville

In the last decade, Nashville has become quite the travel destination. Just a few years ago, The New York Times called the Music City the "it city" in the United States. 

And with good reason. There's so much to do, see, and eat in Nashville, it's hard to keep up with the best options. That's why we decided to put together a quick guide for out-of-town visitors. 

Based in Nashville, MADE SOUTH knows a thing or two about this city. So here's a few of our favorite spots when it comes to hotels, restaurants and entertainment. 

Hotels

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The Hermitage Hotel

With the massive boom of the hotel industry in Nashville, the Hermitage Hotel is a mainstay. Opened in 1910, The Hermitage Hotel is a must-see destination in the city–even if you only stop in check out the beautiful interior lobby, enjoy dinner at The Capitol Grille or catch a glimpse of the men's restroom outside the Oak Bar. Yes, that's a thing. Google it.

Hotel Noelle

We love this boutique hotel. With 224 rooms in downtown Nashville, it's the perfect size. Plus, the dining options are on point. There's Make Ready restaurant downstairs, the Drug Store Coffee outside the lobby, and the beautiful Rare Bird Rooftop and Lounge up top. Don't miss this beauty of a hotel. 

The Bobby Hotel

The Bobby is one of Nashville's newest boutique hotels, located in Printer's Alley in downtown. Large rooms, outstanding restaurants, and the availability of a 1963 Lincoln Continental are just a few of the Bobby's unique amenities. 

Union Station Hotel

This recently renovated hotel is a site to behold in downtown Nashville. What once was a train station in the early 1900s is now one of the city’s most beautiful properties. Union Station is filled with architectural detail that’s not to be missed, and it’s just blocks away from the main strip on Broadway.

Restaurants

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Husk

The team at Husk didn’t invent fried chicken…they just perfected it. Run by Executive Chef Katie Coss, Husk is one of the best spots to eat in the city. If you appreciate southern food in a refined setting–a historic Nashville home–then you'll love Husk. And be sure to check out their bourbon list!

Black Rabbit

Opened in 2017, Black Rabbit is relatively new to the Nashville dining scene–but it's a made a big splash in just a short amount of time. The menu, crafted by Executive Chef Trey Cioccia, features creative cocktails and small plates inside a historic Nashville building that once housed the firm of Jimmy Hoffa's lawyer. 

Arnold's Country Kitchen

Believe us on this one: When in Nashville, you've got to make a trip to Arnold's. This is a meat and three that sets the standard for any other meat and three in the country. It's that good. Don't worry about the line out the door–it moves fast! Just grab a red tray and get to eatin’.

Chauhan Ale & Masala House

Opened in 2014, this fabulous restaurant was celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan’s first appearance on the Nashville dining scene. Chauhan Ale and Masala House combines Maneet’s Indian heritage with a Southern influence to create memorable dishes. And the ale…don’t forget about the ale! Chauhan’s own Mantra Artisan Ales pair well with her thoughtful dishes.

Entertainment

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Robert's Western World

Robert's is another downtown hot spot "where the music is always old and the beer is ice cold!" Live music all day, every day, makes Robert's Western World one of Nashville's most "Nashville" destinations. With no cover, ever, it's a cheap and easy option too. 

The Belcourt Theater

The Belcourt opened in 1925, featuring silent movies, a large Kimball organ, 800 leather-covered seats, and Nashville's largest stage. Nearly 100 years later, it's still going strong. And with a major renovation in 2016, the theater is as beautiful as ever. This is the most prominent spot in Nashville for independent, off-the-radar films. 

The Frist Art Museum

The Frist is the preeminent destination in Nashville for high-end artwork. You could spend a couple of days in here, walking through all the exhibitions on display. Located on Broadway in downtown, the Frist is right in the middle of it all. And take the kids! Everyone under 18 gets in free.

The Ryman Auditorium

No discussion of entertainment options in Nashville is complete without a mention of the Ryman, the “cathedral of country music.” The Ryman has hosted everyone from Elvis and EmmyLou Harris, Paul Simon and The PIxies, to Kings of Leon and B.B. King. Even if you’re not going to a show, the Ryman is worth a visit for the tour alone. This is one of the most memorable places in the Music City.

Nashville has so many "must-see" places that it's incredibly difficult to just pick a few. But maybe this quick list will at least help you narrow down your options next time you’re in town. 

Enjoy your stay in the Music City and let us know what you think!

Robert Bruce